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Google’s Director of New Projects speaks to Singularity University’s student teams on creating a culture of innovation, and how “common sense” is often at odds with creating this culture.


During his lecture at Singularity University’s 2011 Graduate Studies Program, Shirky talked about the emergence of global interconnectedness and its effects on business, culture and human rights. Individuals are now able to transcend their immediate environment to work with people around the world based on shared interests and ideals. It’s led to platforms like Ushahidi, which collects, aggregates, and mines data about inhumane and corrupt political events; and Linux, the operating system developed under the model of free and open source software distribution. Platforms that constrain themselves to people “in house’ are missing out, as Sun Microsystem co-counder Bill Joy famously remarked: “no matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”


The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be a far better place.

Why am I so optimistic? Because of the wide assortment of technologies that are advancing at exponential rates and converging. They are enabling small teams to do what was once only possible for governments and large corporations. These exponential technologies will help us solve many of humanity’s grand challenges, including energy, education, water, food, and health.

Let me give you a taste of what lies ahead..

Simply epic read by Vivek Wadhwa – Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University


Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

Having taught introductory microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship classes, he recently celebrated assigning his 29,000th grade earlier this year.

Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Larry has also coached several of his former students to help them position and develop their businesses, the most famous of which is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the revolutionary BlackBerry wireless mobile smartphone. Larry also sits on the advisory panels of start-ups to provide his guidance on financing and negotiation with investors and venture capitalists.

http://www.tedxuw.com/speakers/larry-smith/


Marthin De Beer, Senior Vice President, Emerging Technologies Group at Cisco, speaks about his process for going from idea to billion dollar business. Filmed during the 2009 Graduate Summer Program at Singularity University.


David S. Rose, Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, and Chairman of the New York Angels investment association, discusses the essence of entrepreneurship. Filmed at the Graduate Studies Program 2011, NASA Ames, California. Follow David on Twitter here: @davidsrose, and Singularity University here: @singularityu